In fact, ripping the public from its comfort zone and making it think outside the square is at the core of the works of many high profile artists, from Marcel Duchamp’s ‘found art’ to Georgia O’Keeffe’s ‘lady gardens’. In a city that’s working hard on its artistic credentials, one hidden gallery in Kwai Hing is shunning profits to bring the Fragrant Harbour the bizarre, the outlandish, and the downright gruesome from the world’s modern art scene.
The Cultural Industries Association (CIA) gallery is a self-confessed “non-avant-garde, unable to make profit organization” that is dedicated to bringing to the city some of the most controversial artists around. Recent exhibitions and events have included music nights with politicised Slovenian music troupe Laibach; performance art by Congo-born, France-based artist Olivier de Sagazan; and a debut showcase of the works of Hermann Nitsch, famed for his use of blood, extreme nudity, and violence and, founder of the annual Orgien Mysterien Theater (the Theatre of Orgies and Mysteries). Perhaps not the best choice for a first date, if you’d like to ease your way into art’s more sinister side, you might prefer their First Annual Hong Kong Vinyl Record Fair, which takes place at the gallery August 2-3.
Give into your dark passenger.
Cultural Industries Association
Unit 7, 8F, Block B, Wah Tat Industrial Centre, 8-10 Wah Sing Street, Kwai Hing
Tel: 3421 1720; www.ciahk.org